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Caribbean Losing Momentum on Climate Change and Concerted Action is Needed

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Former Sustainable Development Minister of St Lucia, Dr James Fletcher is giving regional climate action a C- in an assessment.

By Alison Kentish

CASTRIES, St Lucia, Wednesday March 27, 2019 (IPS) – In 2015, the Caribbean was “the region that could” on the climate change scene. Countries rallied under the ‘1.5 to Stay Alive’ banner, in the face of an existential threat. The now former Sustainable Development Minister of St Lucia, Dr James Fletcher emerged as a climate change champion at the time. But now, three years on, the scientist is giving regional climate action a C- in an assessment.

“We had tremendous momentum going into Paris. We had everyone engaged; journalists, civil society, the Caribbean Youth Environment Network and artistes. Now, it’s as if having achieved the Paris agreement, we patted ourselves on our shoulders, said job well done and dropped some of the enthusiasm,” he told IPS.

Excerpts of the interview follow:

Inter Press Service (IPS): What are your thoughts on developments since leading a team of negotiators to the Paris Talks?

Dr. James Fletcher (JF): We have excellent Caribbean negotiators and they continue to ensure that we preserve the things we fought so hard for, such as loss and damage in the agreement and the 1.5.

Last year, the tabling of the special 1.5 report was an important development but we did not seem to have much success in getting the COP to formally recognise the report. The language spoke about ‘noting’ rather than ‘embracing and endorsing’ the recommendations. That was disappointing.

The biggest disappointment, however, is the disengagement of the political apparatus. Going into Paris, we had the engagement of the Caribbean’s political apparatus.

We had the CARICOM chairman, who at the time was Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart. CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque was present and so was the former Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Dr. Kenny Anthony, who had responsibility for climate change. We had leaders who were engaged, stayed with us, helped to develop momentum in talking to people like Ban Ki Moon, the then Secretary General of the United Nations and former U.S. President Barack Obama, to ensure that we had political support.

That political engagement has stopped, not just at the level of heads of government, but also at the ministerial level. You don’t see that coalition of Caribbean ministers speaking strongly, with one voice, on climate change anymore and we’ve lost as a result.

Dr. James Fletcher (second from left), with Jamaican artistes and the Director General of the OECS Commission Dr. Didacus Jules (far right) celebrate the success of the 1.5 to Stay Alive Campaign during the Paris Climate Talks. (Courtesy: Dr. James Fletcher)

IPS: At the highest levels, how can we improve the climate change discussion?

JF: Unfortunately, we’ve changed the narrative to one just on climate finance. When our ministers, prime ministers and Saint Lucia’s prime minister, who has responsibility for climate change, speak, they speak almost exclusively about mobilising climate finance. Finance is extremely important, but not the only thing that we should be agitating for. If we cannot get industrialised countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to get us closer to 1.5 degrees Celsius, it doesn’t matter what level of climate financing we mobilise, we will not be able to stay ahead. We’ll have catastrophic impacts that no amount of money will help mitigate.

IPS: Do you think the realities of the last few hurricane seasons have made people more aware of the realities of climate change?

JF: Absolutely. Caribbean civil society is clued in to climate change. It’s heartening when I walk around and people tell me, ‘Every time we hear about climate change we think of the work that you guys did,’ and ‘This is serious, what are we going to do?’

Hurricanes Maria and Irma brought home climate change in a very real way to Dominica, the British Virgin Islands and other islands. People understand how dramatic and catastrophic climate change can be.
Fishers tell you that the fish catch is not what it used to be. They have to go much further out now to catch the pelagic [fish] that they were used to catching and are not getting the catches that they used to. In many different ways and sectors, people are experiencing climate change.

IPS: You are assisting Dominica to build climate resilience. How important is a body like the Climate Resilience Execution Agency of Dominica (CREAD)?

JF: The prime minister, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria made a bold statement that he would make Dominica the first climate-resilient country in the world. CREAD is the vehicle to get that done.

I was asked to stay on to develop the Dominica Climate Resilience and Recovery Plan, which is the overarching plan out of which CREAD’s work plan flows. It’s the blueprint for how Dominica will become climate resilient. It’s based on three pillars; prudent disaster risk management, building resilient systems and effective disaster response and recovery, understanding that Dominica, like other Caribbean islands, will be impacted by hurricanes. With climate change, warmer oceans, warmer temperatures, you will have more severe hurricanes. At some point, every one of us will be in a position where we will have to recover from a hurricane or major storm.

IPS: Caribbean countries are pushing renewable energy programmes. Are you happy with what you are seeing?

JF: I think we could have done more, particularly in Saint Lucia. We should have had a 12 megawatt (MW) wind farm. We dropped the ball and, unfortunately, when the government tried to pick up that ball, the investor died in a tragic plane accident. I’ve been informed that the government, along with the Saint Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC), is trying to reactivate those discussions with another partner.

The commissioning of a 3.2 MW solar farm by LUCELEC is a step in the right direction. LUCELEC is hoping to build more utility-scale solar photovoltaic facilities with battery storage. The price of solar is going down and hopefully the price of battery storage will also go down.

The window for geothermal is closing. The cheaper solar and battery storage get, the more unattractive geothermal will become, because geothermal is a risky proposition. ….Dominica has made some serious inroads there, as has St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We’re a bit behind the curve, but hopefully Saint Lucia can get some test wells drilled and see what potential there is.

IPS: Is there any project that you would like to see undertaken?

JF: We planned on replacing 21,000 high pressure sodium street lights that cost the government around 11 million dollars annually, with LED lights…..we had a project with the Caribbean Development bank through blended financing…..we would be able to reduce the spend on electricity from streetlights to five million dollars. That project, for some reason, the government decided not to pursue, to the chagrin of the CDB because they were going to use Saint Lucia as a pilot.

The second one involves energy legislation. We’ve done quite a bit of work as we have an Electricity Supply Act that basically gives LUCELEC a monopoly for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. That makes it impossible for any independent power producer to come in and get involved in the generation of electricity from renewable sources…… for some reason this has stalled. I really would like to see that legislation come into parliament this year.

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Cash Flow Rinse Presents “Dancehall New Products” Mixtape 2021

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Enjoy a free and new dancehall mixtape brought to you by Cashflow Rinse, titled “Dancehall New Products” Mixtape.

A non stop dancehall mix that will keep you company for a whole hour featuring the hottest singles and artists making the rounds in Jamaica right now.

CashFlow new mixtape opens up with one of the hottest single of the season, Vybz Kartel and his student Tommy Lee, both incarcerated, performing the latest “Dark Ages’ and goes on with Intence, more Vybz Kartel, Sheneil Muir, Alkaline Top Prize, Romain Virgo, Konshens, more Sparta, Popcaan, Mavado, Chronic Law, Kranium, Skillibeng, Demarco’s newest You Me Love and many more  top artists and top  songs, check the full track list play the mix and turn it up.

Available for free stream and free download, get the latest anthems in dancehall music clicking on the download button posted below or download directly from the audio player.

2021 DANCEHALL NEW PRODUCTS MIXTAPE BY CASHFLOW RINSE

DANCEHALL NEW PRODUCTS MIX TRACK LIST

DWNLD NEW DANCEHALL PRODUCTS CASH FLOW RINSE MIX 2021


1.VYBZ KARTEL FT TOMMY LEE –
2.10TIK – ROLL DEEP
3.AGENT DI REALEST – OLD 38 [DUB]
4.MAESTRO DON – LOADED
5.INTENCE – NUTN
6.VYBZ KARTEL – EVERY HUSTLER
7.YAKASTA – AMBITIION
8.INTENCE – INTENCE VS TASHAWN
9.INTENCE – YAH NOW
10.ALKALINE – TOP PRIZE
11.LAVISCH – LIKKLE FAITH
12.JODY LEE – RIGHT NOW
13.JAE PRYNSE – CONFERENCE
14.J DON HEIGHTS – BOSS CHICK
15.VYBZ KARTEL – NO ONE CAN STOP IT
16.SHANEIL MUIR – TRUTH
17.KONSHENS – CANT STAY SOBER


18.ROMAIN VIRGO – POV
19.TOMMY LEE – WEH U WOULDA DO
20.INTENCE – HATERS
21/HYDAL – ONE MORE
22.CHRONIC LAW – COLD STORIES
23.MAVADO – NEVER GIVE UP
24.POPCAAN – RELEVANT
25.TEEJAY – RICH
26.RYGIN KING – DANCEHALL BADDEST THING
27.KRANIUM – OPTION
28.SKILLIBENG FT TOIAN – STOP THE TALKING
29.VYBZ KARTEL FT LISA HYPE – IRREPLACEABLE
30.POPCAAN – WINE ALL DAY


31.DEMARCO – YOU ME LOVE
32.VERSHON – BUS IT WIDE OPEN
33.DETERMINE – SEND IT BACK A YARD
34.JAHVILLANI – FREAKY BITCH
35.SUPRYZE – CALL IN
36.IBA MAHR – WHEN YOU’RE ALONE
37.TACO WARFARE – BANGING
38.RYTIKAL – LIVING
39.MAVADO – WE NAH LISTEN
40.CHRONIC LAW – 6IX EAGLE
41.PHANTOMM – GEEK [DUB]
42.Kevanii – Just Ballistic [DUB]
43.Prestige -JudgeMent[DUB]
44.ReniGad – Brave [DUB]
45.Kacique – Untamed [DUB]
46.JAH VINCI – BASIC
47.TEEJAY – YOUNG RICH
48.TEEJAY – YAAD MAN TING
49.TARUS RILEY – LIKE THAT


50.MOYANN FT SHENSEEA – NO LIMIT
51.GOVANA – BEST FRIEND
52.CHRONIC LAW – WATCH MAN
53.LIA CARIBE – UPPIE
54.VYBZ KARTEL – BEAUTIFUL HUMAN
55.SHANEIL MUIR – STOP IT
56.CHARLY BLACK – IT A WORK
57.CHAM – LOCK DOWN
58.JAH VINCI – POPUAR DEMAND
59.DEJOUR – DREAM
60.TEEJAY – WATER TRUCK
61.MAESTRO DON FT DYANI – SENRITA
62.KONSHENS FT SPICE – PAY FOR IT
63.LINCOLN 3DOT – VIBES
64.RUPTION – FROM THAT PLACE [DUB]
65.GOVANA – BIG DREAMS
66.MAVADO FT I VOLTAGE – NEVER GO WIN

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Shenseea Stefflon Don “Rebel” Remix Good Good Productions 2021

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Always trending Jamaican female superstar Shenseea joined forces with Stefflon Don and Zum of Good Good Productions in “Rebel Remix”

Shenseea a rebel herself released a soundtrack for all the boss ladies out there that cant be troubled with the nonsense!

This track is a good vibes dancehall anthem for strong woman everywhere and the remix is going really strong receiving a lot of good feedback and over all great views and replays.

Shenseea, real name Chinsea Lee, gained recognition after remixing popular Vybz Kartel’s song “Loodi” and performing on a side stage at Reggae Sumfest in 2015, she went back and took the main stage in 2017.

Her notoriety has been growing non stop in the last few years, she has been busy since her debut, despite her young age she already toured internationally  and holds multiple corporate sponsorship deals with companies such as Telecom, Firm Flow, Boom and even a Pepsi-Cola JA sponsorship.

In 2016, this young female artist  won “Young Hot and Hype Artiste” at the Youth View Awards; Break Out Celebrity of 2016, and Collaboration of The Year for her song “Loodi” with  which has been her most successful track to date and the single that launched her stellar career.

Since her rise to fame, she has been signed to her team Romeich Entertainment.

Listen to Shenseaa and rebel gal Stefflon Don Rebel Remix below, the single is paired with a cool animation video.

Shenseea, Stefflon Don “Rebel Remix” (Official Animation)

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Watch Likkle Addi ‘ Style’ Official Music Video Short Boss Muzik Vybz Kartel Muzik 2021

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Produced by Short Boss and Vybz Kartel Muzik. This track is a party tune to the maximum, inspiring every party goer to come through dressed in style and live life to the fullest!

Likkle Addi has been working non stop and releasing new music, getting better with every release.

The single is going incredible well and the music video that just dropped is going quickly viral, thanks to the party vibe and great visuals as well as the nice delivery.

Likkle Addi is becoming popular in no time, following his popular father music footsteps and with his mother following very closely every step of the projects he is involved too. In the new song, now paired with the viral music video Likkle Addi talks about his camp, UTG Uptown Greatness and how big they are getting.

Watch the music video and check. the full lyrics posted below. Available in all major music platforms get Likkle Addi’s new hit single ‘Style’ clicking on the banners posted on this page.

Likkle Addi ‘STYLE’ (Official Music Video)


UTG
Everybody like we style
UTG
Style mek everybody wah be with us

Uptown Gaza
We ah lead now
Bere hot song, money we ah pree yow
Doh laugh when ‘e (…..) out


Just mi cologne mek yuh gyal wah gimi –
Norbrook, why pree? Yeah mi reach out
Likkle Vybz and Likkle Addi dem ah speak bout
Drop a pic pon di gram
Bay gyal ah mad
Portmore, yeah di wul’ a Boston

Style mek everybody wah be with us
Money deyya nuff
Gyal (…..) to di style
And we nuh give a (we nuh give a)
Life too short so we live it up
Stylе mek everybody wah bе with us
Money deyya nuff
Gyal (…..) to di style
And we nuh give a (we nuh give a)
Life too short so we live it up

Music choose mi
Mi never choose it

Ina mi DNA, from a tender age mi prove it
Dancehall, yeah mi come yasso fi rule things
Who him? Likkle Addi, yeh, di new king
Money up, life ah shine like mi jewelry
UTG, been ah win we nuh di losing
Eyes pon di prize
Dah star ah shooting
Go fi more money never sekkle wid a few mill

Style mek everybody wah be with us
Money deyya nuff
Gyal (…..) to di style
And we nuh give a (we nuh give a)
Life too short so we live it up
Style mek everybody wah be with us
Money deyya nuff
Gyal (…..) to di style
And we nuh give a (we nuh give a)
Life too short so we live it up

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“Rising Point Riddim” Mix Sizzla, Busy Signal, Gyptian, Jah Cure Teejay Extended Play Records 2021

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Produced by Extended Play Records and Don’t Snooze Productions this new reggae & dancehall jam is packed with incredible tunes and an incredible line up of top Jamaican stars.

Voicing over “Rising Point Riddim” are veteran Jamaican superstars like Sizzla Kalonji, Busy Signal, Gyptian, Teejay, Jah Cure and many more recording artists.

This a catchy and melodic riddim with a song for everybody, bringing a warm, uplifting and positive vibe with it.

Check the full track listing, play the full “Rising Point Riddim” mix and support artists and producer purchasing your favorite song or the whole riddim clicking on the banners on this page.

Available for a limited amount of time the promo download posted after the audio mix, clicking on the button below.

Rising Point Riddim Mix Jah Cure,Busy Signal,Gyptian,Sizzla,Teejay & More

DWNLD RISING POINT RIDDIM PROMO

Rising Point Riddim Track List


Jah Cure – No Perfect Love
Busy Signal – Case
JDon Heights/Don’t Snooze Productions – Your Mines
Gyptian – Dry Your Tears
Press Kay – Toxic Love
Roxxie – Perpetual Love
Sizzla – Nah Sell Mi Soul
Teejay – Serious Times
Don Tippa – Today
Classical Eska/Extended Play Records – Tears of Joy

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Listen To Jamaican Artist Gyptian “Blessing” Konsequence Muzik 2021

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Listen to a new song from Jamaican reggae dancehall superstar Gyptian.

Titled “Blessing” and produced by Konsequence Muzik, Gyptian‘s new single is a sweet and positive anthem where the artist gives thanks for life.

The Jamaican artist, real name Windel Beneto Edwards, gives thanks for the air is breathing and what he was able to achieve with his music and much more.

Play Gyptian new anthem for 2021 Blessing and check the full lyrics to sing along posted after the official audio.

Fans of Gyptian check out also Rising Point Riddim, featuring another super good new Gyptian song, clicking here.

Blessing is available in all major music digital platforms, get it clicking on the banners posted on this page.

Gyptian – Blessing (Official Audio)

Gytian Blessing Lyrics


Konsequence Muzik
We next
Yea
Yea
Hey
Yea
These are the better days
Of my ways
Give thanks for the break of day
And for the air I breathe
Fi dem me seh yuh cahh pay
These are the brighter ways
Of my days
Give thanks for the life today
Glad I’m living today
Fi dem me cahh pay
Man a come from far
A nuh near yah suh no
Hold on tight pan life
And nah let go no
Nuff a feel pain and pressure
And nah stress out no
And even if yuh want help
But just don’t know
These are the better days
Of my ways
Give thanks for the break of day
Give thanks for the breathe I take
Fi dem me seh yuh cahh pay
These are the brighter days
Of my ways
Give thanks for my life today
Most of break a day

Oh
Latest style up inna me closet
Brand new 2020 Maserati
Kill dem dead
Killing everybody
If yuh wah learn
Den follow Gypy
Naturally
De gyal dem around me happy
Style original
And dem catchy catchy
Nuff people me hear a round de copy copy
Inna me style and me melodies yes
These are the brighter days
Of my ways
Give thanks at the break of day
Fi that me seh me give praise
Fi dem me cahh pay
No way
These are the better days
Of my ways
Give thanks for the break of day
And for the air I breathe
Fi dem me seh yuh cahh pay
These are the brighter ways
Of my days
Give thanks for the life today
Glad I’m living today
Fi dem me cahh pay
Man a come from far
A nuh near yah suh no
Hold on tight pan life
And nah let go no
Nuff a feel pain and pressure
And nah stress out no
And even if yuh want help
But just don’t know
These are the better days
Of my ways
Give thanks for the break of day
Give thanks for the breath I take
Fi dem me seh yuh cahh pay
These are the brighter days
Of my ways
Give thanks for my life today
Most of break a day

Oh
Latest style up inna me closet
Brand new 2020 Maserati
Kill dem dead
Killing everybody
If yuh wah learn
Den follow Gypy
Naturally
De gyal dem around me happy
Style original
And dem catchy catchy
Nuff people me hear a round de copy copy
Inna me style and me melodies, yeah yeah

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